Welcome to LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences research news from around campus and the internet. Each Friday, LabBook will recap the week on the blog, with links to news stories about our faculty and their research.
This week on the blog:
- College students from around the country spent the summer at UChicago working on cutting-edge genetic and computational research.
- We remembered the late Peter Huttenlocher, a pioneering neuroscientist who established the idea that our brains can change over time.
- Martin Burke helped develop a new device that can detect dangerously abnormal heart rhythms and deliver shocks to restore a normal heartbeat without relying on wires that connect to the heart.
- A search for cancer classifiers shows that sometimes just defining cancer in greater detail can make a big difference.
- We already knew chronic arsenic exposure was bad. Now Habibul Ahsan’s latest study adds lung damage to its list of harmful effects.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- Dr. Michael Spiotto wrote about the return of an old fashioned treatment for cancer: radium.
- Dr. David Song gave a preview of the upcoming Chicago Breast Reconstruction Symposium.
- Dr. Walter Stadler sat down for a Q&A on his role at the new Chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology.
Research in the news:
- Apparently the White House’s science policy wonks have taken an interest in Dana Suskind’s 30 Million Words project for encouraging the importance of children hearing spoken language during early development.
- The New York Times and The Scientist had nice obituaries of Petter Huttenlocher, among many others.
- Futurity featured research by Alexander Chervonsky showing that differences in gut bacteria may be the reason women tend to suffer from autoimmune diseases like lupus and IBD more than men (more on this study next week).
- Stephen Hanauer was featured in a video from MedPage Today on a drug called Vedolizumab that shows promise for treating IBD.
- And finally, research by Andrea King, along with colleagues from UIC, found that being intoxicated with alcohol reduces communication between two parts of the brain that process social cues. That’s how we’re explaining our undergrad years, anyway.
Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend. We’ll be back next week.